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Community Resources for Women’s Wine Alliance Members Due to COVID-19

We know as women it can be difficult to ask for help. And for most of our membership, now is the time to ask. Funding can take days, weeks or longer – don’t delay is requesting the support you need. 

Disclaimer: We have read through several lists of resources and believe these are the best options in applying for support as of March 27, 2019. Be advised we don’t know the people behind all of these funding sources. 

If you think we excluded an important resource, please send the information via our contact us page.

San Diego

San Diego Worker Assistance Initiative

Economic Assistance for San Diego Businesses and INDIVIDUALS 

Emergency food assistance listing via 211

Feeding America San Diego

211 San Diego (community resource) 

South County EDC business loan program for eating establishments

Majority of our members may qualify for either or both:

Grant for Bartenders, spouse or child of a bartender

“The Bartender Emergency Assistance Program defines a “Bartender” as an individual employed in serving beverages or otherwise engaged in the production, promotion or distribution of alcoholic beverages.”


Southern Smoke Emergency Relief Fund for Food & Beverage Professionals

Restaurant Workers

US Sommelier Emergency Fund (dedicated to restaurant sommeliers, may expand in distribution)

Restaurant Worker’s Relief Fund

Another Round Another Rally Emergency Aid (located below professional development)

One Fair Wage – Restaurant workers, delivery drivers, tipped and service workers

Restaurant Worker’s Community Fund

Restaurant Employee with has tested positive for Covid or medically quarantined 

Grant for F+B Employees with Children (unclear, may only be for those positive with Covid)

California resources

Unemployment Insurance

Food Assistance via Cal Fresh

Business Resources

SBA Disaster Loans

James Beard Foundation Food and Beverage Industry Relief Fund (submit information and they'll send you an email when application is ready)

Facebook Small Businesses (sign up for updates, resource list at bottom of their page)

Wine Education Resources

Free to any person in the hospitality industry that is unemployed, laid off, or otherwise impacted by the pandemic:

Napa Valley Wine Academy is offering their SommDay School Wine Service online course, taught by Tim Gaiser, MS. When registering, use the coupon code: CovidSucks 

Jancis Robinson and team are offering temporarily unemployed hospitality professionals free access to the Purple Pages until the end of May.

Court of Master Sommeliers & Guild of Sommeliers free webinar on Advanced Deductive Training by Melissa Monosoff, MS


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